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    Peter MENNIN: Symphony No. 7 “Variation Symphony” (1963)
    :: Martinon/CSO [RCA/CRI]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4v0Wyrf0N4

    Mennin is always more fond of taking fundamental material and varying it and morphing it into “new” material than introducing and incorporating entirely new material later on, so a “Variation Symphony” is right up his alley. The Symphony has a war-torn exterior somewhat reminiscent of Honegger’s 2nd and 3rd Symphonies, and it’s built out of the same concrete & steel as Schuman’s 6th, 7th & 8th Symphonies, but it has an almost obsessive motoric drive and rhythmic propulsion that is unique to Mennin—even the slow music is restless and itching to move ahead. The music of many Mennin works is overwhelmed by his unyielding nature, sounding over-driven and a bit monotonous after a while, but the music of the 7th Symphony has the rugged constitution and more than enough substance and invention to withstand anything the composer can dish out.

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    Yes. I have featured Mennin's Seventh Symphony on Current Listening many, many times.
    It is one of the best 20th century American symphonies.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    And thanks, Mr. Powers, for your championing of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manxfeeder View Post
    And thanks, Mr. Powers, for your championing of it!
    It's not an easy "first listen". That's for sure. But like the Schoenberg Piano Concerto, I'm glad I stayed with it!

    Glad you like it, Manxfeeder!!

    I got the Schoenberg Piano Concerto recommendation from TC posters.
    I got the Mennin Seventh Symphony from Fanfare.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-07-2015 at 23:15.
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